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Rachel Harper Presents The Other Mother

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Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Rachel Harper

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“Extraordinary . . . This book breaks new ground.” —Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple

A page-turning generational saga about a young man's search for a parent he never knew, and a moving portrait of motherhood, race, and the truths we hide in the name of family


Jenry Castillo is a musical prodigy, raised by a single mother in Miami. He arrives at Brown University on a scholarship—but also to learn more about his late father, Jasper Patterson, a famous ballet dancer who died tragically when Jenry was two. On his search, he meets his estranged grandfather, Winston Patterson, a legendary professor of African American history and a fixture at the Ivy League school, who explodes his world with one question: Why is Jenry so focused on Jasper, when it was Winston’s daughter, Juliet, who was romantically involved with Jenry’s mother? Juliet is the parent he should be looking for—his other mother.

Revelation follows revelation as each member of Jenry’s family steps forward to tell the story of his origin, uncovering a web of secrecy that binds this family together even as it keeps them apart. Moving seamlessly between the past and the present, The Other Mother is a daring, ambitious novel that celebrates the complexities of love and resilience—masterfully exploring the intersections of race, class, and sexuality; the role of biology in defining who belongs to whom; and the complicated truth of what it means to be a family.
 

 

RACHEL M. HARPER is the author of the novels Brass Ankle Blues and This Side of Providence, which was short-listed for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been widely published and anthologized. Harper has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell, and is on the faculty at Spalding University’s School of Writing. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

 

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The Other Mother: A Novel By Rachel M. Harper Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781640095045
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Published: Counterpoint - May 3rd, 2022

An "extraordinary" page-turning generational saga about a young man's search for a parent he never knew, and a moving portrait of motherhood, race, and the truths we hide in the name of family (Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple)


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“Extraordinary . . . This book breaks new ground.” —Alice Walker

Sadie Dupuis and Michael DeForge

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Lyrical poems that engage with grief and loss and the toll of overdose and addiction with an activist bent.

The title of Cry Perfume is an imperative to bottle sorrow in a beautiful vessel and shed the chemicals that cloud your sight. Written over a four-year period on tour and after losing loved ones and peers to overdose, Dupuis funneled complicated grief into harm reduction advocacy, working to fundraise for and distribute overdose prevention resources in venues internationally.

The slick performativity of pop, punk humor, electronic glitch and sampling, and the surprising leaps of improvisation influence these poems, but beyond music, these poems are informed by Dupuis’s larger concerns about justice and organizing. Cry Perfume is a hopeful but realistic inventory of the virtues and evils that emerge when arts and tech collide. Those dualities are cloaked in the same sparkling fragrance, and there are twinned pleasures and regrets in parting the smokescreen.

Sadie Dupuis is the guitarist, songwriter, and singer for the rock band Speedy Ortiz, as well as the producer and multi-instrumentalist behind pop project Sad13. She heads the record label Wax Nine, edits its poetry journal, and is the author of Mouthguard. She lives in Philadelphia.

 

Take flight to this postapocalyptic utopia filled with birds.

Birds roam freely around the Moon complete with fruitful trees, sophisticated fungal networks, and an enviable socialist order. The universal worm feeds all, there are no weekends, and economics is as fantastical a study as unicorn psychology. No concept of money or wealth plagues the thoughts of these free-minded birds. Instead, there are angsty teens who form bands to show off their best bird song and other youngsters who yearn to become clothing designers even though clothes are only necessary during war. (The truly honourable professions for most birds are historian and/or librarian.) These birds are free to crush on hot pelicans and live their best lives until a crash-landed human from Earth threatens to change everything.

Michael DeForge’s post-apocalyptic reality brings together the author’s quintessential deadpan humour, surrealist imagination, and undeniable socio-political insight. Appearing originally as a webcomic, Birds of Maine follows DeForge’s prolific trajectory of astounding graphic novels that reimagine and question the world as we know it. His latest comic captures the optimistic glow of utopian imagination with a late-capitalism sting of irony.

 

Michael DeForge is a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a community organizer who lives Toronto, Ontario.
Cry Perfume By Sadie Dupuis Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939568625
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Published: Black Ocean - October 4th, 2022

Lyrical poems that engage with grief and loss and the toll of overdose and addiction with an activist bent.The title of Cry Perfume is an imperative to bottle sorrow in a beautiful vessel and shed the chemicals that cloud your sight.


Birds of Maine By Michael DeForge Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781770465664
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 2nd, 2022

Take flight to this post-apocalyptic utopia filled with birds.


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A dazzling double bill of poetry and graphic novel, from the dystopian to the apocalyptic and all points between.

Banned Book Open Mic

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Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

You are invited to read excerpts from your favorite banned books in the smoky atmosphere of a SoHo cafe....

Join us for music, verse, prose, and resistance as we crowd source our most treasured banned reads. Bring a sample of your favorite and light up the night and the mic!

 

HERE is one list of the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of 2010-2019 to get you started.

 

 

 

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Notes from the underground...join us to read excerpts from your favorite banned book!

BingO BanndO!!!

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Friday, September 23, 2022 - 6:30pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

Iiiiiiiiiiit's....BingO BanndO!!!

 

Sponsored by the Bardstown Hand Modelling School with special wardrobe considerations by Hawpe DTF Outfitters, International

With your host, Bronze Roylance

 

Join us for a rollicking good time as we play BingO BandO! Fabulous prizes! Immature jokes! Goofy laughs! All about serious stuff!

 

Bingo game kindly provided by the American Booksellers Association.

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BingO BannedO!!!! Fabulous Prizes! Sponsored by the Bardstown Hand Modelling School and DTF Outfitters

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle in conversation with Kathleen Driskell

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

Nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. When a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove Park Inn and Resort brings him one step closer to escaping the hills that both cradle and suffocate him, he sees it as an opportunity. The experience introduces him to the beautiful and enigmatic Essie Stamper—a young Cherokee woman who is also working at the inn and dreaming of a better life.

With World War II raging in Europe, the resort is the temporary home of Axis diplomats and their families, who are being held as prisoners of war. A secret room becomes a place where Cowney and Essie can escape the white world of the inn and imagine their futures free of the shadows of their families' pasts. Outside of this refuge, however, racism and prejudice are never far behind, and when the daughter of one of the residents goes missing, Cowney finds himself accused of abduction and murder.

Even As We Breathe invokes the elements of bone, blood, and flesh as Cowney navigates difficult social, cultural, and ethnic divides. Betrayed by the friends he trusted, he begins to unearth deeper mysteries as he works to prove his innocence and clear his name. This richly written debut novel explores the immutable nature of the human spirit and the idea that physical existence, with all its strife and injustice, will not be humanity's lasting legacy.

Nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. When a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove Park Inn and Resort brings him one step closer to escaping the hills that both cradle and suffocate him, he sees it as an opportunity. With World War II raging in Europe, the inn is the temporary home of Axis diplomats and their families, who are being held as prisoners of war. Soon, Cowney's refuge becomes a cage when the daughter of one of the residents goes missing and he finds himself accused of abduction and murder.

Even As We Breathe invokes the elements of bone, blood, and flesh as Cowney navigates difficult social, cultural, and ethnic divides. After leaving the seclusion of the Cherokee reservation, he is able to explore a future free from the consequences of his family's choices and to construct a new worldview, for a time. However, prejudice and persecution in the white world of the resort eventually compel Cowney to free himself from larger forces that hold him back as he struggles to unearth evidence of his innocence and clear his name.

 

Clapsaddle's lush debut thrusts 19-year-old Cowney Sequoyah into WWII intrigue...The clear, crisp prose hums consistently as the intricate story easily moves along and new details about Cowney's family's past emerge. Both an astonishing addition to WWII and Native American literature, this novel sings on every level.

-Publishers Weekly (starred)

Even As We Breathe is a remarkable and important debut novel that announces a major new voice in southern literature, and one that we have waited far too long to hear. Clapsaddle offers us characters we will never forget, a palpable sense of place, and an intricate plot, but most of all she allows us to luxuriate in her rich language, which is evident from the first sentence to the last. It was not only a pleasure to read this book, it was also an honor. Don't miss it.

-Silas House, author of Southernmost

Even As We Breathe is a fresh, welcome, and much needed addition to the fiction of the Appalachian South and its neglected people and places. Clapsaddle creates characters with sensitivity, subtlety, humor, and warmth. A splendid debut by a writer well worth following.

-Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author of Varina and Cold Mountain

 

 

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her work Going to Water won the Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium and was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She is coeditor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers' Network. She resides in Qualla, North Carolina.

 

Kathleen Driskell, Chair of the Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing, is the award-winning author of five books of poetry including Next Door to the Dead. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Even as We Breathe By Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781950564064
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Published: Fireside Industries - September 8th, 2020

Nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. When a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove Park Inn and Resort brings him one step closer to escaping the hills that both cradle and suffocate him, he sees it as an opportunity.


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Even As We Breathe is a remarkable and important debut novel that announces a major new voice in southern literature, and one that we have waited far too long to hear.

Leatha Kendrick and Georgia Green Stamper

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

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Poet Leatha Kendrick’s latest book, And Luckier, came out in April, 2020, from Accents Publishing, just as the coronavirus pandemic shut down the United States. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning presented her debut reading from the collection in their Carnegie Center from the Couch series.

The book’s opening poem, “Your Fear,” was featured on Rattle’s Poets Respond in December, 2018. The poem speaks to the intersections between our experience of “the news” and the shifting emotions we experience as individuals and society. It explores how the daily newsfeed, whether by design or not, shapes our reality, stoking fears and, often, a sense of helplessness.

Poet, writer, and activist, George Ella Lyon, cites the first line of “Your Fear” in her blurb for Kendrick’s new book: “And Luckier opens with a dispassionate question: ‘who might it serve that you / would grow downhearted?’ The poems that follow take us through many voices, subjects, and perspectives, bringing us at last to this hard-won counsel: ‘So much suffering. We cannot uncause it / But we can set ourselves to mend, / … I will pick up the rubble. / I will carry one stone at a time.’” Lyon asserts that “Kendrick’s powerful fifth collection springs from a mature poet’s reckoning: with the family she was given and the family she has made, with the struggle to answer her calling as an artist, with the dangers and diminishments of age, and with her privileged place in a suffering world.”

Poet and memoirist, Pauletta Hansel quotes another line from “Your Fear”: “ ‘What will your seeing make?’ Kendrick asks in her opening poem. Hers has made these poems of witness and of healing, and we, her readers, are all the luckier for them.”

 

Leatha Kendrick grew up on a southern Kentucky farm, daughter of a veterinarian and a high school home economics teacher. Oldest of four children, she was most at home in fields or barns (when not reading a book on the window seat and looking out at the horizon). Her adult life was spent eastern Kentucky where she and her husband raised three daughters. Kendrick began writing seriously in midlife and found her first community of writers at the Appalachian Writers Workshop at historic Hindman Settlement School. She received her MFA in Poetry (at the age of 45) from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Small Acreages completes a trilogy of connected essays told in Georgia Green Stamper’s unique Kentucky voice. In Small Acreages, readers are returned to Stamper’s Eagle Creek world and its colorful characters, but her voice has both deepened with time and widened to include her journey beyond Natlee.

Many of the essays in this new collection are reflective or as Stamper phrases it, she hopes “to add a handful of words to the ongoing conversation about what it means to be human.” Her wry humor endures, however, popping into even the most poignant of pieces, grounding her, cutting through the absurd as her daddy taught her to do, reminding her as her mother did that “you might as well laugh.” 

“Georgia Green Stamper’s essays do that most important thing that only the most accomplished writers are sometimes lucky to do: capture and preserve a place, a time, and its people. Stamper’s eye is sharp, and her pen is doubly so.” - Silas House, author of Southernmost

“Georgia Green Stamper is a writers’ writer.” - Bill Goodman, Executive Director of Kentucky Humanities 

“Georgia Green Stamper is a wonderfully original writer. She is to Kentucky what Bailey White is to Georgia... ” – Gwyn Hyman Rubio, author of Icy Sparks

 

Georgia Green Stamper is a southern writer, speaker, and teacher. She is the author of three creative non-fiction books, and her essays have appeared in multiple anthologies. She contributes work regularly to Kentucky Humanities and other periodicals and newspapers.

 

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A typical schedule for author events includes a reading from the author(s), followed by an interview format between the scheduled speakers, followed by a Q&A session in which the audience is encouraged to participate. For in-store events, this presentation will end approximately 10-15 minutes before the store closes (generally one hour before start time, except on weekends), and we encourage you to purchase the authors’ books! Thanks so much for supporting authors and community bookstores. The following half hour will be available for author signatures and personalizations, and possibly photos.

This is by no means a set-in-stone format, but is indicative of what essentials can be expected. Programming considerations remain at the discretion and preference of the author(s). We will do our best to give folks the very best opportunities to attain signed copies and the chance to interact with authors in-person. Please check listings for specific details and allow for scheduling variations for offsite and special events.

Pre-ordering is encouraged: when ordering in person or over the phone, or online (in the Notes section), please indicate any personalization requests - we will attempt to our best ability to honor these requests. Unless otherwise noted, we will reserve copies for pick-up or shipping after the event has occurred and the author(s) have the opportunity to sign your copy. Thanks!

And Luckier By Leatha Kendrick Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781936628568
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This book cannot be returned.
Published: Accents Publishing - March 30th, 2020

Here's a book about the adjustment to age, the imperfections in the world,
loss and what it makes of a person, and the poet as an "absentee Nana," her
grandchild living far away. What does it mean, in a climate changed world,
to pass the "stiff diorama" of degraded farmland to a scattered family?


Small Acreages: New and Collected Essays By Georgia Green Stamper Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781945049255
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
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Published: Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC - May 17th, 2022

"A durable love that celebrates resilience fuels Small Acreages, in essays that range from satire to self-reflection, humor to history. Stamper's clear, graceful style and passion for place bring Wendell Berry's work to mind.


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Join Leatha Kendrick and Georgia Green Stamper as they discuss their latest works.

Lee Mandelo presents Summer Sons

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Monday, August 29, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

...featuring Alix E. Harrow in a virtual interview!

Rescheduled from August 16th

 

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Now in paperback, the smash sensation Summer Sons, from Louisville's own Lee Mandelo, is finally here!

Link to purchase the new paperback edition of Summer Sons below, or contact any of our store locations.

 

One-third The Sound and the Fury, one-third The Fast and the Furious, and one-third The Secret History, Lee Mandelo's debut Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic.

Andrew and Eddie did everything together, best friends bonded more deeply than brothers, until Eddie left Andrew behind to start his graduate program at Vanderbilt. Six months later, only days before Andrew was to join him in Nashville, Eddie dies of an apparent suicide. He leaves Andrew a horrible inheritance: a roommate he doesn’t know, friends he never asked for, and a gruesome phantom that hungers for him.

As Andrew searches for the truth of Eddie’s death, he uncovers the lies and secrets left behind by the person he trusted most, discovering a family history soaked in blood and death. Whirling between the backstabbing academic world where Eddie spent his days and the circle of hot boys, fast cars, and hard drugs that ruled Eddie’s nights, the walls Andrew has built against the world begin to crumble, letting in the phantom that hungers to possess him.

 

 

LEE MANDELO is a writer, critic, and occasional editor whose fields of interest include speculative and queer fiction, especially when the two coincide. They have been a past nominee for various awards, including the Nebula, Lambda, and Hugo; their work can be found in magazines such as Tor.comUncanny MagazineClarkesworld, and Nightmare. Aside from a brief stint overseas learning to speak Scouse, Mandelo has spent their life ranging across Kentucky, currently living in Lexington and pursuing a PhD at the University of Kentucky.

  A former academic and adjunct, Alix E. Harrow is now a full-time writer living in Virginia with her husband and their semi-feral toddlers. In 2019 she won a Hugo Award for her short fiction and published her first novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January. Find her at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter.

 

Summer Sons is a southern summer in book form: hot and hungry and haunting. I couldn't put it down.” —Alix E. Harrow

“Truly intense: you can smell the blood, the sweat, and the petrol. It absolutely rips.” —Tamsyn Muir

“At once a raw, beautifully written Gothic and an adrenaline-fueled debut, Summer Sons heralds a rich new voice in speculative fiction. Lee Mandelo is for real.” —Andy Davidson

Intense, sweaty, and literally hauntingSummer Sons is the Southern gothic tale of race cars and graduate school I didn't know I needed. Come for the slow-burn relationships, and stay for the scalding hot twists.” —Annalee Newitz

 

Summer Sons By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250790293
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Published: Tordotcom - August 16th, 2022

Lee Mandelo's debut Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost.


A Mirror Mended (Fractured Fables) By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250766649
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Published: Tordotcom - June 14th, 2022

A Mirror Mended is the next installment in USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow's Fractured Fables series.


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Summer Sons is a southern summer in book form: hot and hungry and haunting.

Patrick Nevins presents Man In a Cage

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Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

In Conversation with Alesia Williams

 

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Man in a Cage dramatizes the true story of American naturalist Richard Garner's journey to west Africa in 1892. Garner makes his home in a cage deep in an African forest to learn the language of chimpanzees. Populated by bureaucrats, hunters, missionaries, and the indigenous peoples whose lands and lives they have intruded upon, Man in a Cage evokes life on the ground during the Scramble for Africa.

 

 

In Man in a Cage, Patrick Nevins fictionalizes the life of American primatologist Richard Garner, whose desire to understand chimpanzee speech sends him on a quest fueled by ego, pride, and the need for validation. Inside a rough-hewn cage of his own making, he studies the animals and dreams of contributing to the scientific record. But with financial support dwindling and no phonograph to record the chimps, will anyone believe in his work? This novel is a fascinating exploration of power, ethics, and what it means to colonize—and be colonized. As his guide in the Gabon jungle tells him: “No white man takes nothing.”

— Sarah Layden, author of Trip Through Your Wires and The Story I Tell Myself About Myself



"Evoking rich historical details while telling a story that feels urgently contemporary, Patrick Nevinsdoesn't merely set Man in a Cage in the 1890's--he unflinchingly embodies the era in a way that will thrill anyone with a love for deeply immersive literature. By adopting the structure and vocal timbre of a Gilded Age novel with pitch perfection (at times it felt as though I was reading a lost manuscript from Frank Norris--or some other long-forgotten practitioner of American Naturalism) Nevins conjures a world of colonizers, profiteers, and missionaries--and the harm they've inflicted upon every living thing on this planet--proving the old adage history doesn't repeat itself, but it does indeed rhyme."

-Jeff Chon, author of Hashtag Good Guy With a Gun

 

"Semi-fictional, filled with real and imagined characters, MAN IN A CAGE is a vivid and arresting portrayal of late 19th century researcher Richard Garner, a fanatic of sorts, determined to prove chimpanzees had complex language, while all those around him believed these "lesser creatures" merely grunted and howled. By creatively recreating Garner's first African expedition, Nevins deftly explores the rampant contradictions in Western religion, cultural appropriation, pillage, and greed that defined the Scramble for Africa. With meticulous attention to period detail, Nevins' MAN IN A CAGE provides an honest depiction of the racism inherent in the not to distant past, and sheds a cautionary light on the same issues, so unfortunately entrenched in our deeply flawed present. This is a sobering and important read."

-Alice Kaltman, author of Dawg Towne

 

Patrick Nevins lives with his family in Columbus, Indiana, where he is an associate professor of English. Man in a Cage is his first book.

Alesia Williams was born and raised in the South End of Louisville, KY. She attended Presentation Academy, received her Bachelor of Arts from Berea College in Art History.

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Man in a Cage By Patrick Nevins Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781088034026
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Published: Malarkey Books - August 2nd, 2022

Man in a Cage dramatizes the true story of American naturalist Richard Garner's journey to west Africa in 1892. Garner makes his home in a cage deep in an African forest to learn the language of chimpanzees.


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A fascinating exploration of power, ethics, and what it means to colonize-and be colonized.

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